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The Phoenix Suns in 2005-06

October 21, 2006 by


  In 2003-04 the Phoenix Suns won 29 games. In the summer of 2004 the Suns signed free agent point guard Steve Nash. With Nash on board the Suns improved to 62 wins in 2004-05, one of the biggest leaps made by an NBA team in the history of the league. The progress the Suns […]

The Blind Side

October 20, 2006 by


A few weeks ago Malcolm Gladwell posted a review of The Blind Side, the latest book by Michael Lewis. Lewis has written several wonderful books, but is perhaps most famous – at least among sports economists — for Moneyball, the story of the improbable success of the Oakland A’s. The latest offering from Lewis focuses […]

The New Orleans Hornets in 2005-06

October 19, 2006 by


In 2004-05 the Hornets won 18 games. Last year, playing most of its home games in Oklahoma City, the Hornets won 38 contests. How did this team improve 20 games in the standings? Although one does not want to discount the value of enthusiastic fans in Oklahoma, the primary factor in the resurgence of the […]

Week Six Quarterback Rankings

October 18, 2006 by


From almost worst to first. And from almost first to worst. Those are the storylines from Week Six. After Week Five, Ben Roethlisberger had the second lowest QB Score per play in the league. He was one of only two quarterbacks to be below average in every game he played this year. In sum, Roethlisberger […]

The Minnesota Timberwolves in 2005-06

October 17, 2006 by


The Tragedy of Kevin Garnett is the most popular post in the history of The Wages of Wins Journal. Okay, this blog has only existed for six months, so it is not like we are talking about a lengthy history. And this post is only the most popular because Malcolm Gladwell quoted it at his […]

The Market Size Myth

October 16, 2006 by


Baseball’s Blue Ribbon Panel, after examining five years of data from 1995 through 1999, argued that Major League Baseball teams located in smaller markets were unable to compete in baseball. Consequently the panel concluded baseball had a competitive balance problem that could only be rectified by redistributing baseball’s resources from larger market clubs to teams […]

The Memphis Grizzlies in 2005-06

October 15, 2006 by


One curious feature of professional sports is the practice of a team changing cities but not changing its name. For example, one does not often think of Utah and Jazz, but the name made sense when the team was in New Orleans. The same story holds for the Lakers and LA or the Hornets and […]

The LA Lakers in 2005-06

October 14, 2006 by


Chapter Six of The Wages of Wins is called “Shaq and Kobe.” The purpose of this chapter was to introduce Wins Produced, and the story of Shaq and Kobe was used to explain this metric. The story is quite familiar to NBA fans. In 1996 these two stars came to the LA Lakers. After three […]

Alex Rodriguez is Underpaid

October 13, 2006 by


Last Sunday this statement appeared in an article by Patrick Dorsey in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. The article, entitled “Determining the worth of an athlete involves many factors”, reviewed the work of several economists who have examined the value of athletes in baseball, basketball, football, and hockey. The analysis of Alex Rodriguez was offered by […]

The LA Clippers in 2005-06

October 12, 2006 by


The Clippers last year won 47 games. Eight teams bested this mark, so although the Clippers had a good season, at first glance it does not appear to be historic. Yet historic is the only word that can describe the Clippers year. Clipper fans have never – and I mean never – seen their team […]